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August 1, 2007 | Vol. 57, No. 15

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Dear PEI Member:

The tabulation of ballots has been completed in the nominating election of PEI board members from our odd-numbered districts and affiliate division. One member ran unopposed and has already been certified a winner by the PEI Election Commission.  Three members received enough votes in the nominating stage of the election process to be elected to the board without having to participate in a runoff election. The nominees from Distributor Districts 5 and 9, and the Affiliate Division who received the greatest number of points now go into a runoff election. Ballots for the runoff election mailed July 27. Here are the nominating election results, according to Jim O’Day, O’Day Equipment, LLC, Fargo, North Dakota, chairman of the PEI Election Commission.

Distributor District 1 – Bernie LeBlanc, Petroservice, St. John, NB, Canada, has been elected to represent District 1 which covers CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VT, England, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, New Brunswick, Norway, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Sweden. He will succeed Mark Babcock, Adams & Fogg Oil Equipment Co., Falmouth, Maine.

Distributor District 3 – The new director representing District 3 is J. Donald Wood, Don Wood, Inc., Orlando, Florida. He will succeed Joey Cheek, JMP Solutions, Tampa, Florida. Distributors in FL, GA, NC, SC, Barbados, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico are part of Distributor District 3.

Distributor District 5 – The two nominees in the runoff are Susan Maples, RBM Company, Knoxville, Tennessee, and Eric Scott, The Southern Co., Inc., Memphis, Tennessee. The winner of the runoff will succeed Kevin McKinney, McKinney Petroleum Equipment, Mobile, Alabama. Members in District 5 cover AL, AR, LA, MS, TN, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.

Distributor District 7 – The new director representing District 7 is Duane Grippe, O’Day Equipment, LLC, Fargo, North Dakota. He ran unopposed and has been certified the winner. He will succeed Fred Seymour, J-8 Equipment Company, Denver, Colorado. Distributors in CO, MN, MT, NE, ND, SD, WY, Australia, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand are part of District 7.

PEI Election Results

Temperature Comp. Hearings

Company Purchased

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Distributor District 9 – The two nominees in the runoff are Bob J. Hill, Franzen-Hill Corporation, Tulare, California, and Bob Mathews, Northwest Pump & Equipment, Portland, Oregon. The winner of the runoff will succeed Dennis Rethmeier, Western Pump, Inc., San Diego, California. Members in District 9 cover AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, NV, OR, UT, WA, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Manufacturer District 11 – The new director representing District 11 is Jeanne Murck, Core Engineered Solutions, Inc., Herndon, Virginia. She will succeed Ian Burton, Nu*Star, Inc., Shakopee, Minnesota. Members in District 11 manufacture automotive lifts, lubrication equipment, air compressors, tanks, tire inflators, hose reels, car washes and miscellaneous equipment.

Manufacturer District 13 – The new director representing District 13 is Richard L. (Dick) Basham, IRPCO, LLC, Poca, West Virginia. He will succeed John B. Millet, Jr., Austin Mohawk and Company, Inc., Utica, New York. Members in District 13 manufacture hoses, canopies and miscellaneous equipment.

Affiliate Division – The nominees in the runoff are Steve Hamilton, Hamilton Service Co., L.L.C., Basehor, Kansas, and Fred Monroe, Monroe & Monroe Insurance, Arlington, Texas. The winner will succeed Gene Pope, Pope & Associates, Tampa, Florida.

Ohio Democrat Dennis Kucinich, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, questioned executives from ExxonMobil and Shell Oil last week on the industry’s resistance to installing temperature compensation devices on retail dispensers in the United States.

Kucinich called it a “double standard” that temperature compensation is used at all points of the refining and wholesale fuel process, but not at the retail pump. “In Canada, the oil industry moved quickly to adopt automated temperature compensation at the retail pump,” Kucinich said. “But in the US, where temperatures are often considerably warmer than the industry standard of 60 degrees, the oil industry has resisted equipping gas stations with temperature compensation technology.”

Hugh Cooley, vice president and general manager of Shell Oil’s wholesale division, said consumers are “absolutely not” paying a hot fuel premium. He told the subcommittee there are a number of factors, besides temperature, that determine the energy content of gasoline.

“Consumers are purchasing gasoline dispensed in a uniform measurement and sold in a consistent pricing system that takes into account the same factors in each market, such as supply, distribution logistics, demand, temperature and the like,” Cooley said. “Shell firmly believes that market prices take into account the absence of temperature adjustment.”

Consumers would not realize any pricing benefit and would have the cost of installing temperature-compensation equipment on retail pumps passed on to them, Cooley said. Retailers would have to be willing to sell larger, temperature-adjusted gallons at the same price as they had sold standard gallons for consumers to benefit, and that is unlikely, said Cooley.

Ben Scoraci, retail sales director for ExxonMobil’s marketing company, said his company’s stations adhere to state laws that mandate fuel be measured by volume alone. He said selling temperature-compensated fuel at the retail level would violate current laws and regulations.

Accurate Tank Technologies, Inc.
and Accurate Tank Construction, Inc., Naperville, Illinois, have sold their businesses to DJK Technologies, Inc./DJK Contractors, Inc. The companies will continue to do business as Accurate Tank Technologies, Inc. and Accurate Tank Construction, Inc. Contact information and location remain the same. Steve Trabilsy, former president of OPW FMS (Petro Vend) and a former PEI director, is president. Established in 1989, Accurate Tank provides precision tank tightness testing and EPA compliance, installation, removal and servicing of fuel storage tanks and fueling systems.

PEI still has rooms available in downtown Atlanta for the 2007 PEI Convention and NACS tradeshow. PEI members have first choice of rooms in the PEI room block for only one more week. Rooms are filling up fast. Any rooms unsold from the PEI room block will be returned to general convention housing next week.

To book housing in the PEI block, you MUST INDICATE you are with PEI. To book at one of the four PEI hotels—Westin Peachtree Plaza, Baymont Inn & Suites Atlanta Downtown, Days Inn Downtown, or Wyndham Garden Atlanta—please call (800) 448-6227 or (415) 979-2294. The Westin is the headquarters hotel for PEI and the site of our 10-Group meetings, Young Executive Roundtables, and the PEI Lounge.

OPW Fueling Components
has named Phil Carlin president of its OPW Fuel Management Systems, Inc. business unit, located in Hodgkins, Illinois. Carlin replaces David Crouse who was recently promoted to president of OPW Fluid Transfer Group, another Dover company.
Lincoln, St. Louis, Missouri, has hired Aric Durr as its new central region manager, replacing Harry Harlan who is retiring after 40 years with Lincoln. Durr, who spent over ten years with Campbell Hausfeld, can be reached at 3705 Coral Gables, Cincinnati, Ohio 45248. Cell: (513) 324-5317. Email: adurr@lincolnindustrial.com. The company has also hired Barry Pugh as its national accounts manager. Pugh formerly worked for Schlumberger and OPW Fuel Management Systems. His contact information: 4525 Mill Village Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27612. Cell: (919) 995-2953. Email: bpugh@lincolnindustrial.com.

. The commonwealth’s Underground Storage Tank Environmental Cleanup Program and the Underground Storage Tank Pollution Prevention Program, both of which were due to expire June 30, have been extended through June 30, 2012.
. The State Water Control Board is considering amending regulations dealing with financial responsibility for aboveground storage tank and pipeline spills. The board is seeking alternative methods for achieving compliance with existing financial responsibility regulations. In addition, the board intends to clarify how the Virginia Petroleum Storage Tank Fund reimburses tank operators for the cost of containment and cleanup of petroleum releases. A public hearing on the financial responsibility issues will be held at the headquarters of the Department of Environmental Quality at 1 p.m. on August 14. Questions about the financial responsibility rulemaking may be emailed to DEQ’s Leslie Beckwith at ldbeckwith@deq.virginia.gov.

Fusion Oil and other related companies
will sell 32 convenience stores in the Detroit area and 6 stores in Ohio via sealed-bid auction, following a Michigan judge’s decision to sell the assets.
BP has sold 26 stations in the Akron, Ohio, area to Tampa-based Giant Oil Co.--Akron Beacon Journal, July 14, 2007.
Brookshire Brothers, a grocery store chain headquartered in Lufkin, Texas, has acquired Polk Oil Co. Inc., a Lufkin-based petroleum marketer that operates 29 convenience stores and supplies 24 independent dealers in East Texas.

Maryland distributor
. TIPCO Technologies, 11412 Cronhill Drive, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117, has applied for distributor division membership. Rob Lyons is president of the firm, which was established in 1888. The company provides certified hose testing and represents Dixon, Goodyear, HoseMaster, Kuriyama, OPW-FCS, PTCoupling and TitanInd. Nominated for PEI membership by James R. Parrish, PTCoupling, Enid, OK.
Credit/debit card terminal manufacturer. Petrotec, Assistencia Tecnica as Ramo Petrolifero, S.A., Parque Industrial S. Joao de Ponte, Pav. C2, Guimaraes, Portugal 4805-161, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Petrotec manufactures credit/debit card terminals, meters, automatic vehicle recognition systems, and other equipment for service stations and convenience stores which are sold through distributors. Nominated for PEI membership by Karsten Ehlers, ELAFLEX, Hamburg, Germany.
Missouri electrical contractor. Fatboy Electric, Inc., P. O. Box 300198, Kansas City, Missouri 64130, has applied for affiliate division membership. Ben J. Stallings is the primary contact with the company, which was established in 1970. The firm specializes in electrical contracting for convenience stores and petroleum refueling stations. Nominated for PEI membership by Phil Farrell, DoublCheck, Kansas City, MO.
Solenoid valve supplier. Solenoid Solutions Inc., 2251 Manchester Road, Erie, Pennsylvania 16506, has applied for affiliate division membership. David W. Blake is COO and general manager of the firm, which was established in 1970. The company supplies aboveground petroleum storage tank anti-siphon solenoid valves. Nominated for PEI membership by Charlie Glab, Morrison, Dubuque, IA.
Thailand service station contractor. Channakorn Engineering Co., Ltd., 50/1 Ngamwongwan Road Ladyao Chattuchak, Bangkok, Thailand 10900, has applied for affiliate division membership. Raveerot Thamaratnothai is managing director for the firm, which was established in 1976. The company builds service stations and provides storage tanks. Nominated for PEI membership by Loke Ngee Wong, NgeeEngLtd, Singapore.

Fort Smith Petroleum Equipment Inc.
, P. O. Box 180787, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72918, has requested its membership in PEI be transferred from the affiliate division to the distributor division of PEI. The company represents Bagby, DuroReels, EmcoWheatn, Flex-Ing, Franklin, Freedom, HallTank, LSI and Universal. The transfers are sponsored by Lyndell Thomas, HootenEqp, Springdale, Arkansas, and Donald E. Jones, JonesBroCo, Bossier City, Louisiana.


  • Granby Steel Tanks, Granby, PQ (mfr)
  • Environmental Network Inc., Goodlettsville, TN (mfr)
  • R. M. Stoof & Associates, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA (aff)
  • Markgraf Construction, Inc., Universal City, TX (aff)
  • Christopher “Todd” Weeks, Alabama Power, Birmingham, AL (O&E)
  • Michael Baiocco, Wawa, Inc., Wawa, PA (O&E)


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The TulsaLetter (ISSN 0193-9467) is published two or three times each month by the Petroleum Equipment Institute. Robert N. Renkes, Executive Vice President, Editor. Opinions expressed are the opinions of the Editor. Basic circulation confined to PEI members.